Amazon Delivers Package by Drone in 13 Mins!

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US tech giant Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos has recently tweeted about the company's first successful drone delivery. The video shows a package being delivered just 13 mins after it was ordered.

Prime Air is going to be a new delivery system by Amazon that is specially designed to get deliveries in less than 30 minutes by using drones. This new system is also expected to higher delivery expectations in terms of the efficiency and safety of shippings.

The video released by the company shows a drone dropping a bag of popcorn off and an Amazon Fire TV box to a customer somewhere around Cambridge. However, it is still unclear the distances that Prime Air can reach out.

A new era for deliveries

Delivering via a drone might sound so fictional, but the company admits that it is real and the system will be regularly operating deliveries up to five pounds in maximum 30 minutes by late 2017.

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"Safety is our top priority. Our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies, as well as sophisticated “sense and avoid” technology. Additionally, through our private trial in the UK, we will gather data to continue improving the safety and reliability of our systems and operations. We will deploy when and where we have the regulatory support needed to safely realize our vision."

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According to Amazon, they are testing many different delivery mechanisms and vehicle designs to explore the best way to deliver orders. In their Prime Air development centers in the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, and Austria, as well as many other international locations. The characteristics and look of the vehicles will be evolving over time. The technology giant company says:

"The airspace is safest when small drones are separated from most manned aircraft traffic, and where airspace access is determined by capabilities. We are currently permitted to operate during daylight hours when there are low winds and good visibility, but not in rain, snow or icy conditions. Once we’ve gathered data to improve the safety and reliability of our systems and operations, we will expand the envelope."

According to Amazon, through this private customer trial, they will collect data to continue increasing the reliability and safety of their operations and systems. They also admit that the trials bring them one step further to achieving this marvelous innovation for all their customers as soon as it is possible.

In order to give Prime Air, a reality their customers around the world the company also will run similar trials in other countries as well. To get the best result, they are working with the best professional policymakers and regulators in several countries.

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While customers who order by using the Prime Air service must have a sufficiently large garden for the drone to land, the products must also be less than 5.7lbs as well.

SEE ALSO: Best 5 Drones on the Market Under $300

Via Amazon

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